Archive for August 2008

Walking Meditation

August 23, 2008

Walking Meditation helps to focus the mind. Since we are walking almost throughout the day, being mindful of our movements helps us in being more aware, which is one of the aims of meditation. Walking meditation can increase the duration of our concentration.

In walking meditation, we have to pay attention to the walking process. Concentrate on the movement of the legs, how they go back and forth, the left leg, the right leg and so on. Feel the sensations in the legs while you walk. Concentrate on the lifting and placing of the foot. Separate the movements of lifting, moving and placing. When we make the effort to lift the leg, only then will the leg be lifted. It must be accurately placed on the ground otherwise the body may lose balance and fall. Complete mindfulness is required in walking. This leads to concentration. As we develop insight, we start seeing each movement more clearly. As soon as the brain gives the command to lift, within a second, the leg is lifted. We come to the conclusion that mind causes matter, the brain gives the command and the body follows the command. If we feel too hot while walking, the brain commands the body to look for and move to a shady place. However, the witness or the mind watches and realises that all these actions are impermanent, since they appear and disappear almost immediately. Can you identify each movement of your leg while walking? Every step comes and goes in a fraction of a second and cannot be differentiated from each other. This happens because of the law of cause and effect.

walking meditation2Walking Meditation is an important part of Buddhist Meditation. The meditators are first supposed to complete the Walking Meditation and then sit for the Sitting Meditation. Buddha’s eight fold path speaks of the right view or understanding, right thought or aim, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness and right concentration. In walking meditation, we are able to fulfil five of these eight tenets i.e right effort, right mindfulness, right thought or right aim, right concentration and lastly right view when we get an insight into the law of cause and effect. When all these factors are present, we are fully conscious or aware.

As we keep watching the movements coming and going, we become free of all delusions and watch the world as phenomena which keep appearing and disappearing. This is similar to standing at the roadside and watching cars passing by, the example to which Gurumaa refers time and again. For a little while you are aware of the car, its colour, model, speed and the people inside it and then it vanishes. So it is with the phenomena of the world, it is here this moment and gone the next. So, the state of viewing all situations as a witness starts becoming permanent. We get freed from the illusion of permanence and continuity. We realize that what is here this moment, is gone the next. We start living each moment as best as we can as we realize that it is not going to come back again. Do you remember the song,’Aane waala pal jaane waala hai, ho sake to isme zindagi bita do, pal jo ye jaane waala hai?’ How apt. Careful attention in walking meditation frees us from all illusions. The happenings in the world do not affect us any more.

The benefits of walking meditation are :

  • One develops strong legs and can walk long distances.
  • It increases the stamina required for meditation since apart from the effort of walking i.e. lifting, moving and placing, we are to concentrate on the whole process of the movements which are enabling the body to move i.e. awareness of the movements.
  • Too much sitting makes us sloth and fat, it restricts our movement. It makes our body stiff and gives rise to aches and pains. So, a balance between sitting and walking is required in meditation.
  • Walking assists in digestion.
  • Walking meditation helps in improving concentration since we keep ourselves aware of the movements of the body.

Regain Your Life and Health With Chakra Meditation

August 22, 2008

Meditation has been around for around two thousand years, it’s been a way of life for mankind. In fact every religion that is practiced by men uses some sort of meditation as a way of achieving a higher form of spiritual consciousness.

At first meditation was used by religious priests, for a while now even ordinary people have been employing meditation as a way to discover the several benefits that meditation offers.

Meditation isn’t hard in fact what it is really is the simple practice of concentrating and the intense focus on sounds, objects, ideas, breathing, action or even movement that will allow you to intensify perception, cut down on stress, ehance your relaxation, and gain a personal and spiritual growth.

When meditation was first out it originally was only practiced along with some sort of religious traditions to build your spiritual belief higher, but now it is used by several people to help relieve different stresses and pains.

Western medical practitioners are realizing that meditation has help people to cope with different health issues, so they are beginning to promote it to their patients more and more. In fact they have begun to use it along with medicines to help and relieve aches and pains for several people.

It is very interesting that medical clinics and even hospitals are starting to offer the practice of meditation as a method for several of their patients to improve their health. In fact meditation has begun to be used as a method of treatment of some diseases. Also it’s being used as a way of improving overall quality of life for people who are suffering with chronic, debilitating or even incurable illnesses.

Current health care application of meditation focuses on three particular approaches: transcendental meditation, relaxation response meditation and mindfulness meditation (also referred to as mindfulness-based stress reduction).

Meditation centers on the seven major chakras, which correspond to the body’s major endocrine glands, the power and of course the environment of the universe.

By practicing meditation for at least 30 minutes daily greatly contributes to the balanced and harmonious interdependent functions of the body’s major chakras with one another.

The energy flows from the root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, and crown chakras while meditating your entire body’s biological, emotional and spiritual aspects will be equally nourished and balanced, while this is happening the physical, emotional, and spiritual toxins are cleansed from the body.

Since chakra meditation requires deep concentration the uninterrupted flow of energy into the body also gives a boost to the major chakras (and their corresponding endocrine counterparts).

A neat way to look at it is a turbocharger for your body, or even a catalytic converter that will gather outside energy and harness it and channel it out to the different parts of the body and the chakras.

And since these energy centers (chakras) are part of our body’s physical and metaphysical manifestations, their fine tuned performance affect our daily lives, directly or indirectly, emotionally, physically, intellectually and spiritually.

You have several ways that you can practice the art of chakra meditation, but no matter how you go about doing the meditation you biggest step in the chakra meditation is to allow the state of focus to go and spread throughout the whole body.

Although results are not achievable in a short time, you will gradually realize that chakra meditation will eventually give you a different and more positive outlook in terms of your thought processes and in your perception and understanding of events and behaviors. Meditation; excellent benefits have been acknowledged as responsible for people having better lives, both physically and emotionally.

The most notable effect of chakra meditation is that a person’s ability to concentrate and awareness are greatly enhanced even only after a week. Imagine if you are performing chakra meditation for years!

Also other noted benefits of chakra meditation are heightened creativity, better resourcefulness because of better perception. Also another proven benefit of chakra meditation is people tend to sleep much better and deeper, thus they will awake more refreshed in the morning, and overall health will also benefit by getting deeper sleep.

If you practice daily chakra meditations you will also notice a great reduction in the level of stress in all areas of your life. Because you will have better control over your emotions and better patience

Generally, overall health and well-being is greatly improved when meditation becomes a part of your daily routine. It helps to lower blood pressure which in turn can help prevent strokes and heart disease. It can also help reduce the effect of stress on people who suffer from chronic illnesses.

Even if you are only able to practice meditation for half an hour a day you will be able to notice a more healthy and productive life.

Walking Meditation

August 18, 2008

Walking meditation is a type of dynamic or active meditation, which means meditation in action. Walking meditation is a type of meditation exercise where the meditators slowly walk a set path and observe the entire act of walking with complete awareness of the whole body and each step taken along with maintaining a link with breathing. It is recommended to choose a fixed walking path that can be circular or quadrangular so that meditators do not have to worry about where they are going and can give complete attention to on the act of walking.

The focus in walking meditation is to become aware and mindful of the entire experience of walking. The several different types of walking meditations are based on the way in which walking meditators meditate. The most popular and effective walking meditation is where meditators watch all their movements frame by frame and as closely as a camera would capture them. Another way of carrying out a walking meditation is to practice it as a variation of Vipassana Meditation, which was introduced by Gautama Buddha. Walking in Vipassana requires the mediators to pay attention to the contact of each foot as it touches the ground. Other obstacles such as thoughts or traffic faced in the course of meditation are simply to be noticed and observed, and then the mediators can redirect their attention gently to the walk. Walking in Vipassana is similar to sitting Vipassana meditation but the movement is helpful for some and can be a welcome change.

Walking meditation creates awareness among the meditators regarding outside objects such as objects they might trip over or other people that they might walk into. Other external influences such as wind, sun, rain, and the sounds of nature, humans and machines also help increase the awareness of surroundings and the Self. Walking meditation is also more effective as it is easier for most people to be more intensely and more easily aware of their bodies while walking, as compared to sitting.

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